Chrome: start chrome in full screen from command line

There are more than one ways to start chrome in full screen.

Kiosk method

Chrome can be started in full screen by using the –kiosk command line argument when chrome is launched.

chrome --kiosk

But the problem with this method it is not easily possible to minimize chrome without having to close it.

fullscreen command line option

There is another command line option named –fullscreen to launch chrome in fullscreen mode. The advantage of this method is that pressing F11 will un-fullscreen it. This might not be the right solution in kiosks since you don’t want your user to leave the browser.

chrome --fullscreen

Modelsim: compile and simulate VHDL from command line

Modelsim has a pretty clumsy and ugly user interface(atleast in linux). Moreover, command line gives more control and makes automation easier. Lets see how we can simulate VHDL project using modelsim command line tools. Before starting, make sure you have modelsim’s bin directory in your PATH. To demonstrate, I will reuse the fileio example. Lets assume you have the above vhdl files in a project directory. In the command line, change to the project directory.

First we have to create a work library:

vlib work

Now, compile the VHDL files:

vcom fileio.vhd gen.vhd

Note: The files should be listed in hierarchical order.

To simulate using GUI:

vsim fileio

Note: vsim takes the name of the top level module to be simulated, not the name of the top level module’s VHDL file.

Adding the -c option starts the simulator in command line interactive mode.

vsim -c fileio

You should be in VSIM’s prompt. From here you can type commands to add signal to the wave, run simulation, write to vcd file, etc.

Show available signals

The VSIM command to list all available signals

show -all

You can also list all available signals in an instance

show fileio
show gen_inst

To unambiguously show signals of an instances down the hierarchy

show /fileio/gen_inst

Adding signals to wave

add wave i_a

You can also add signals of an instance down the hierarchy

add wave /fileio/gen_inst/a_i

Run the simulation

To run the complete simulation

run -all

To run for a specified time

run <time>
run 100ps

Follow this blog post to generate VCD waveform from command line.

Automate simulation

The best thing is you don’t have to type these commands every time you launch vsim. You can automate the process by specifying the .do in the vsim command. The .do should contain the list of commands you want to execute to run the simulation.

Here is the updated command to lauch fileio example:

vsim -c -do fileio